Photo Walk around the City of Puebla
The city of Puebla is a beautiful colonial city with a well-preserved historical centre full of stunning churches, fine mansions with tiles on the façades, a large shady main square and many restaurants where you can sample the local dishes, among others, chile poblano and mole. It is also famous for its talavera pottery which you can buy in many shops.
We started our walk in the Zócalo, taking photos of the fountain, the people in the park, and the buildings around it, including La Casa de los Muñecos. On one side of the square is the Cathedral which has the tallest bell towers in Latin America and is surrounded by a fence topped with scores of angels. In fact, Puebla is known as the “city of angels” so we made sure we got some shots of the “angeles“. In the next street we visited the Biblioteca Palafoxiana, the first library in Latin America, an impressive place and a must-see for book lovers.
Wandering around the streets, we came across many churches and fine buildings and then had lunch at El Mural de los Poblanos, a restaurant serving typical poblano food with a mural depicting the most important people in the history of Puebla. After that we continued exploring the centre with our cameras and made our way down what is known as the Calle de los Dulces (Street of Sweets) where its more than 40 shops sell all kinds of bright-colored candies. At the bottom of this street we entered a shop selling talavera and the shopkeeper explained how you can tell whether a piece is authentic talavera. You have to turn it over to see if it has DO4 marked on the back. She took us to their workshop where we saw the whole process involved in making the pieces of pottery.
From here we wandered around the Barrio del Artista (the Artists’ Quarter) and stopped to talk to Bruno who was working on his latest painting while a group of people outside were having an art class. Nearby was El Parián, the craft market with its numerous small stands selling everything from pottery to textiles and other traditional crafts from the State of Puebla. This area also has small restaurants with open, tiled (and photogenic) kitchens.
Puebla is a great city to visit and to photograph and there was so much more we could have seen. We’ll have to return again someday!